Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, irregularities, abnormalities and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your teeth and give you an attractive smile.

Deciding to get braces on is a big decision for you. It is very important for you to choose a good Orthodontist who has adequate knowledge, skills and expertise to diagnose and treat your orthodontic problem correctly.

Incorrectly diagnosed and executed treatment plans can ruin your teeth and face, prolong treatment time and grossly compromise final treatment results.

Here are few tips to choose an orthodontist

  1. Choose a qualified orthodontist, with an MDS in Orthodontics from a recognized dental institute. These orthodontist receive 3 years special training and pass qualifying examinations to get the MDS degree in Orthodontics.
  2. Choose an Orthodontist who is board certified : Indian Board of Orthodontics ( IBO) conducts certification examinations every year for qualified orthodontist to assess their clinical work and theoretical knowledge. It is a grueling examination conducted by the board to identify the best clinicians in the country. The Orthodontist who is a Diplomate, Indian Board of Orthodontics, is considered to have developed necessary skill sets to become one of the best in the profession.
  3. Choose an Orthodontist who has a well equipped orthodontic set up : A resident orthodontist who has his own office has developed an infrastructure which is best suitable to treat an orthodontic patient most effectively. He has well trained staff to assist him and to bring out the best in him. Visiting orthodontists who work at different clinics every day cannot develop an efficient treatment delivery system to achieve best possible results.
  4. Choose an orthodontist with an efficient maintenance of patient records: Orthodontists are supposed to maintain plaster models, x ray and photographic records of all their patients. The orthodontist who takes pains to maintain these records is more likely to be more methodical in treatment approach. Ask your orthodontist to share with you treatment results of few cases treated by him to understand the quality of results delivered.
  5. An orthodontist who keeps himself updated by learning new skills and technics and attending speciality conferences is always more informed about technological advancements and newer appliances and technics in the field.
  6. Take references from friends, colleagues, schoolmates who have undergone braces treatment. Know about the quality of results, duration of treatment and entire approach of an orthodontist.
  7. Do not choose an orthodontist because his treatment fee is less : A good orthodontist knows his worth. He will use quality materials for your braces to give you the best. He will work harder on your smile to mould it perfectly with least discomfort to you in shortest possible time.

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The Indian orthodontic Society and American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven.

The Orthodontist will then evaluate the child’s teeth and facial structure and identify any abnormal developmental conditions which may require an early treatment. If everything is fine, the child is scheduled for next orthodontic evaluation at the age of 10 ½ years during which most of the treatment decisions are taken and orthodontic treatment may be started. However, if you have missed this important age for orthodontic evaluation, It can very well be done at a later age.

Although the Orthodontic treatment is best done during growing years of a child, it is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities).
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces ( popcorns, nuts, chocolates etc.).
  • Make sure you visit your family dentist regularly for professional cleaning and cavity check.
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in
    its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and mild soap. You may also soak it in
    denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the

Braces are used by your orthodontist to deliver gentle forces to teeth to help them move to a better position, which will improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Gold braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on severity of orthodontic problem and age of the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 18 months.

Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.